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Summertime Makeup: Less is More

Updated on May 12, 2007

Summertime is right around the corner, so it is time to put away that heavy liquid makeup up, those dark eye shadows and go for some light and light colors. In the summertime, the "less is more" rule definitely applies- and it would be wonderful to be 17 again and look sun-kissed and wonderful with no makeup at all, but the truth is we still need a little something, but a LITTLE something in the summer time is enough.

In the middle of a sweltering July day the last thing you want to worry about is your foundation sliding or mascara melting. Follow these quick tips and not only will your makeup look great, but your pre-time will be cut in half! (Which means more time in the great weather and less time preparing in the mirror!)

Moisturizer (with SPF)

The best moisturizer to use is one tinted with a little color (and has SPF, so you can keep your skin looking young and healthy). Tinted moisturizer will do triple duty, it will moisturize, protecting skin from UV rays and evening out skintone. This will eliminate your need you liquid makeup or foundation.


For those hard to cover up blemishes and splotches concealer is still necessary. Concealer is also a great way to cover up dark undereye circles too. Try to go with a concealer with a light texture, and make sure it makes the color of your face in the summer (remember, you face will be a bit tanner in the summer even with the use of SPF lotion, make sure you buy new concealer in the summertime to match). Only use the amount of concealer that is nessisary, don't go overboard or it will just melt and be uncomfortable in the sun.

Loose Powder

Loose powder is ideal for summer use since it contains fewer oils. But again don't go overboard, follow the "less is more" principal. You should look like it is summertime, not like you are perfectly powdered in the winter. Often you won't need any powder, but if you do feel you need some, find a color that matches (just like with the concealer) and keep is simple, just a quick swipe is enough. A better idea to battle with sweat and shinny texture of summertime is to carry a packet of oil blotting papers.

Brow Powder

Enhancing the brows is a quick way to achieve a pulled together look. Using a pressed powder formula is lighter than using a pencil. This is great to turn a day look into an evening look.

Eye Shadow

Use a pressed powder in a taupe, light brown, peach or pink and sweep from lid to browbone. Keep away from dark colors, go with light tones for the summer.

Waterproof Mascara

Choose a brown or brownish black instead of black to achieve the most natural look. If eyes are sensitive, use clear mascara.

Blush and Bronzer

Dust a pink, peach or light coral blush on the apples of cheeks and blend toward the hairline. Apply bronzer on the parts where the sun would normally reach, such as the tops of cheekbones, temples and down the center of the nose.

Lip Color

Skip lip liner and creamy, matte lipsticks and choose a moisturizing gloss in a sheer pink, peach or bronze shade.


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